20 May 2022

Twitter steps up efforts to battle misinformation, including misleading posts about war in Ukraine


Twitter steps up efforts to battle misinformation, including misleading posts about war in Ukraine

Twitter has introduced a new crisis misinformation policy aimed to limit the spread of online misinformation about the Russia-Ukraine war and other humanitarian crises. The social media platform will no longer recommend and amplify posts related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine that have been identified as false.

Under its new policy, the company defines crises as “situations in which there is a widespread threat to life, physical safety, health, or basic subsistence.”

“To determine whether claims are misleading, we require verification from multiple credible, publicly available sources, including evidence from conflict monitoring groups, humanitarian organizations, open-source investigators, journalists, and more,” Twitter said.

The social media platform will also add warning notices to debunked claims about ongoing humanitarian crises. Also, users will not be able to like, share, or retweet the offending posts.

“While this first iteration is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine, we plan to update and expand the policy to include additional forms of crisis. The policy will supplement our existing work deployed during other global crises, such as in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and India,” the company explained.

Cybersecurity Help statement on the critical situation in Ukraine

On February 24, people in many cities and towns across Ukraine woke up to the sounds of explosions and artillery fire, as the Russian Federation launched a full-scale invasion of the country. Such actions are unacceptable, political ambitions of any man aren’t worth of blood, tears, and destruction of millions of lives. We give our full support to the Ukrainian people in these hard times. No more war! Слава Україні!


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